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Commercial Name: Benicar
Active Ingredient: Olmesartan
Utilization: Used to control high blood pressure in adults and children who are at least 6 years old
Available Dosages: 20mg
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Benicar (Olmesartan) is a drug used to treat hypertension in adults and children over 6 years old, thus preventing problems like strokes, heart attacks and kidney diseases from occurring. Benicar is classified as ARB (angiotensin receptor blocker). It works by loosening and relaxing blood vessels so that blood flows easier.
The drug has three strengths:
● 5mg, supplied as yellow, round, non-scored, film-coated tablets, debossed with C12
● 20mg, supplied as white, round, non-scored, film-coated tables, debossed with C14
● 40mg, supplied as white, oval-shaped, non-scored, film-coated tablets, debossed wit C15
The drug should be stored at 20-25°C
Directions for use:
Dosages may differ depending on the patient’s condition; consult your doctor for more information.
If dealing with adult hypertension, the recommended dose is 20mg once daily, with no regards to food. The drug is administered orally. It is advised to take the drug at the same time daily.
Pediatric hypertension (6-16 years of age) is treated with 10mg dose daily for children who weigh less than 35kgs, 20mg for children weighing more than 35kgs.
● Muscle weakness
● Chest pain
It is very rare to experience a serious allergic reaction to this drug. However, contact you doctor straight away if you notice any allergic symptoms like rash, trouble breathing, severe dizziness, itching.
● Before taking the drug, tell you doctor if you have had any problems with liver or kidneys or have experienced dehydration
● DO NOT do anything that requires alertness and clear vision while taking the drug
● DO NOT take the drug if you are pregnant and DO NOT breastfeed
● You may have low blood pressure while taking the drug
● Blood pressure needs to be checked often
● If you have diabetes, DO NOT take this medication with other drugs containing aliskiren
Medically reviewed by Dr. Josette Davignon
Last updated: 28.05.2021